All Charity Stories



All the Help They Can Get

April 17, 2017 | By Kate Pendlebury | Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Eighteen year-old Jennifer and her long-term boyfriend, Lloyd, 20, first visited Catholic Charities' Washington County Outreach in November 2016, when Jen was still in her first trimester of pregnancy. The young couple was excited about their first baby, but they were already living on a limited income and knew that they would need "all the help they can get."

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Winning the Fight

March 21, 2017 | By Steven Shrenkel | American Cancer Society

Betty Papp lived a very healthy lifestyle. She didn't smoke or drink. She always took care of her body by exercising and eating right. Cancer never ran in her family so she never considered the possibility that she would ever develop it.

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A Home for Mack

March 03, 2017 | By Susan Gartland | Washington City Mission

Eighty nine year old Mack is a typical example of his generation. He's responsible, humble yet proud with a strong work ethic; committed to family, community and country. And like so many of his peers, fiercely independent.

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Practice Makes Permanent

February 28, 2017 | By Pamela M. Murphy, WSO Board Member | Washington Symphonic Orchestra

Melissa Collins was born with cataracts and glaucoma and had her first cataract surgery at three months of age. Now in her 30's, she has been legally blind her entire life. But that, along with a list of other disabilities, doesn't stop or even slow this music lover down.

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Finding the Perfect Fit

February 10, 2017 | By Kristin Emery | Arc Human Services

They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. Just ask Brandon. "I do cleaning every day, all day," he says with a broad smile. "I like it." Brandon takes pride in his work and it all started with a training program through ARC Human Services.

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More than Just Cookies

February 07, 2017 | By Kristin Emery | Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Leandra Frisk knew her daughter, Victoria, was shy and didn't like to speak in public. She never talked much and doctors eventually diagnosed her with social anxiety disorder. When they suggested Leandra socialize Victoria, she thought of something from her own childhood: Girl Scouts.

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